Canadian companies are taking on more temporary workers than ever before, with more people seeing high value in adding skills, references, and experience to their resumes. With increased flexibility and with greater availability of work, temporary jobs can either link you to new skills you need or keep you in work during times of instability.
In our recent Workmonitor survey 84% of respondents agreed that temporary work was an important stepping stone. Four times a year we ask 405 employed Canadians to discuss their happiness at their jobs, their perception of mobility, and questions that are topical to the public discourse; asking Canadians about the value of temporary work falls into the latter.
It isn’t just Canadian employees who are driving this change; Canadian companies are finding innovative ways to work with temporary workers. Companies have greatly shifted their perspectives on the people who have less long-term experience. It used to be frowned upon to have a resume item of under one year; now it might even be a benefit – with some writers and HR managers seeing ambitious potential in someone with a varied resume.
3 creative ways employers work with temporary employees
1. contract workers help companies meet shifting demand
The reality for many Canadian businesses is they grow by the contracts they win or lose. In every sector from manufacturing to finance, whether contracts or orders are coming in consistently defines whether they can keep staff on – full-time or otherwise. Temporary workers provide a smaller risk to small or medium-sized employers – knowing that their commitment to the worker ends in a shorter period of time gives them more flexibility to grow.
2. they are trying before they buy
Permanent placements are a business investment; with any investment there comes a risk. Hiring temporary workers is a great way to test out potential candidates, or scope out preferable skill sets to hire for. Increasingly organizations of every size, public or private and in every sector are hiring for temporary positions.
3. program experimentation
When businesses are looking to test new markets, pulling successful efficient team members from programs that are already profitable is dangerous. Who will replace my success team member? What if the new program isn’t successful? Are there problems that we haven’t been worked out yet? Hiring temporary employees and starting them on a new project is a way to prevent the loss of institutional efficiency, while still experimenting with a new line of business.
Canada welcomes more than 35 million temporary residents (non-immigrants) each year. Except for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, all other individuals require permission to enter Canada as a visitor.
Unless they are citizens of a visa-exempt country, individuals who wish to enter Canada for a temporary purpose, such as tourists, temporary foreign workers (individuals with work permits) and international students (individuals on study permits) must apply for and be granted a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).
Citizens of visa-exempt countries intending to travel to Canada by air are expected to have applied for an obtained an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before their departure to Canada. Exceptions to this include citizens of the United States, who do not require a TRV or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), and Green Card holders in the United States, who need an eTA to come to Canada, regardless of their nationality. Unless otherwise exempt from the requirement to obtain a TRV or an eTA, individuals who require a TRV do not require an eTA, and vice versa.
The TRV is a document issued by a Canadian Immigration Visa Office outside Canada, showing that the holder has satisfied the requirements for admission to Canada as a visitor. TRVs may be for single entry or multiple entry. As a general rule, tourists are admitted for a period of six months. Temporary foreign workers and international students are admitted for varying periods of time, as determined on a case-by-case basis. Extensions may be applied for from within Canada.
It is important to note that possession of a valid TRV does not necessarily mean that the Officer at the Canadian Port of Entry will admit the visitor into Canada. At the Port of Entry, all visitors must demonstrate that the purpose of their visit to Canada is of a temporary nature. Officers at the Port of Entry will deny admission to all persons who, in their opinion, do not intend to leave Canada at the expiry of their visitor status.